I’ve had it with Fallen Angels and their hybrid offspring with human women. They are everywhere in fringe world, and you can’t throw a stone without hitting one. Several alert readers sent me notice that the latest episode of Survivorman S06E05 “Bigfoot: Smoky Mountain Sasquatch” involved a supposed Bigfoot “expert,” Scott Carpenter, speculating that the imaginary backwoods ape is actually a member of the Nephilim, the offspring of the Sons of God from Genesis 6:4. The Sons of God are better known in fringe world as the Watchers from the Book of Enoch.
Today I have some disconnected odds and ends to share.
Yesterday I reported on Newsweek’s “special edition” going inside the world of secret societies, and I discussed how slipshod and crappy the content was. I also mentioned that Newsweek’s ancient rival, Time, is also in the business of producing sensationalized supermarket checkout “special editions.” Well, what should I discover when I went to the supermarket this morning but that Time does in fact have an identical “special edition” under its Life brand! It’s another magazine about “secret societies” and promises the exact same revelations. This was too bizarre to be a coincidence, and upon further investigation it appears that the Life edition was first published in 2012 and was rushed back to store shelves to compete with the Newsweek version. What a “win” for readers!
Newsweek has always been America’s second newsmagazine, though the recently resurrected version of the magazine is a pale imitation of what the storied brand once was. But like its competitor Time, Newsweek is prone to sensationalized “special editions” that are essentially coffee table books masquerading under the magazine’s name. Their most recent is Secret Societies: Penetrating the Inner Circle, a 100-page pseudo-book composed of articles on the Illuminati, the Freemasons, the Knights Templar, and more, and promising conspiracies and more conspiracies. The cover, for example, says they’ll be “exploring Illuminati influence [and] revealing Masonic rituals,” probably because the Illuminati don’t exist and therefore can’t sue for libel like the Masons could if Newsweek were to declare them secret genocidal maniacs.
From time to time I will be highlighting largely unread blog posts I made in the first years of this blog. Due to a work event, I am away today, so please enjoy the following repeat of a blog post from 2012 in which I discuss the Greek poet Pindar and his encounter with a space rock.
I am constantly amazed by fringe historians and their justifications for incomplete evidence, sloppy research, and zany conclusions. Over at Graham Hancock’s website, author and cable TV producer Kevin Curran has an “Author of the Month” article discussing his self-published book Fall of a Thousand Suns: How Near Misses and Comet Impacts Affected the Religious Beliefs of Our Ancestors, a book that is in essence a rewriting of Ignatius Donnelly’s Ragnarok: The Age of Fire and Gravel, updated with more recent references. The central arguments are the same: At the end of the last Ice Age a large comet struck the earth, causing devastation to some lost culture and generating countless myths and legends related to fire from the sky. Both also attribute Noah’s Flood to a cometary impact, a claim first made by Edmond Halley in 1694 and made famous by William Whiston in a 1696 book. Curran adds a second and more recent comet strike, in historical times, because he dates the Flood of Noah later than Donnelly and therefore needs two comets to achieve the same results.
I give up on trying to number these episodes; the production order and the broadcast order are so far out of whack that I think I will have to give up until season eight. My numbering will continue to follow the order season seven started with, irrespective of the retroactive renumbering. Ancient Aliens S07E16 “The Vanishings” was originally scheduled to run at New Year’s but for whatever reason has been held until now. Lucky us!
On Wednesday fringe historian Graham Hancock was to debate former Egyptian Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass on the origins and function of the Giza pyramids. However, when Hawass discovered that Hancock would be making reference to the Orion Correlation Theory and using a picture of fringe theorist Robert Bauval in his slideshow, Hawass loudly demanded Hancock remove all references to the work of a man Hawass considers a “thief.” When Hancock refused to do so, Hawass stormed out of the theater and refused to engage in a debate. Instead, both men gave separate lecturers without interacting. Their interaction was caught on tape:
I’ve learned this week why it is that revisionist historian Veronica K. Clark has a reputation as a cyberbully even among Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and esoteric Hitlerists. A few days ago I made an offhand comment that Clark had swiped a large chunk of one of my old blog posts and was using it to try to gin up controversy among racists and Nazi apologists by claiming that I was “flipping out” over her appearances on Red Ice Radio offering revisionist takes on National Socialism. Clark took great offense to my sarcastic characterization of her position as “believ[ing] in a multi-racial Nazi utopia with a Hitler of peace and love, as opposed to a racist Nazi empire of hate.” That was the whole of my comment, but Clark has now devoted a lengthy blog post and a 14-minute YouTube video to attacking me as “a liar and slanderer.” She claimed, based on this single sentence that “the blogger named Jason Colavito has chosen to hone in on me for whatever reason. [… ] You, Sir, are a lying creep. You’re a liar, and you’re speaking for me and putting ideas and words in my mouth […] and I don’t appreciate it!”
The Ant People are back again! Several year ago ancient astronaut theorists hit upon the idea that the Ant People of Hopi mythology are space aliens, and recently this has extended to making them a part of the Roswell flying saucer mythology. This week Nick Redfern opines on the Ant People over at Mysterious Universe, though it’s clear from his discussion of them that he knows of the creatures primarily from ufological sources rather than anthropological ones.
Last Friday Giorgio Tsoukalos told readers of his “Ask Me Anything” Reddit session that a number of alternative and fringe authors as well as thousands of members of the public had gathered to celebrate Erich von Däniken’s eightieth birthday. I found more details about the event on the German-language website of Erich von Däniken’s German publisher, who sponsored the event. According to the report, the celebration was billed as the Great International Erich von Däniken Congress and was held in a dramatically-lit theater in Sindelfingen, Germany on April 11 and 12. More than 2,500 von Däniken fans and fringe history “experts” filled a theater to listen to five lectures on ancient mysteries in honor of pseudohistory’s most famous proponent.
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